When people think of Arizona they imagine the Grand Canyon, that imposing chasm carved by the Colorado River. Or the iconic saguaro cactus that most have only seen satirized in cartoons. But those are just wonderful distractions.
I once read nature described as rude and incomprehensible. Those terms are certainly applicable here, especially in the Sonoran Desert which covers a large portion of the State. This, sometimes hostile land, still remains rude and mostly untamed, yet incomprehensibly beautiful.
As John Steinbeck remarked, my connection to Arizona is more an overture to a lifelong love affair, rather than a destination.
Here it’s easy to step back into the nineteenth century and feel the pioneer spirit that drove—and still drives– so many pilgrims to this land rich in resources, opportunities and majestic vistas.
Read My Arizona Posts
There is much to be found here to revere. As a former resident of the state, I’m proud to post about some of the more popular destinations and introduce you to some of the lesser known treasures that can be experienced in this transformative land.
- Take a Hike to Experience the Real Arizona
- Visit Bisbee!
- Jerome–Arizona’s Ghost City is Alive and Kicking
- Redefining Scottsdale
- Phoenix, the Audacious Oasis in the Desert
Arizona Quick Facts
- Mountain Standard Time is observed here on a year round basis.
- Sixth in size among the 50 states, Arizona has a total area of 114,000 sq miles.
- The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
- Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912, making it the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the Union.
- There are more than 100 wineries and 22 varietals of wine produced in Arizona.
- The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and the only one located within the United States.